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A License to Sin?

“By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

Romans Chapter 5, Verse 2

In these days of social media we find no shortage of theological opinion emanating from every possible medium available. To anyone who follows the doctrine of eternal security, an all too familiar accusation that is often expressed is that we are just giving people a license to sin. This is nothing more than an empty attack upon a doctrinal position that they have no understanding of. In fact, under examination, one can see that there is no foundation to this statement at all.

First and foremost, who needs a license to sin? We all sin anyway. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” We see in Romans 3:19 what the Law’s purpose is, “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.” Everyone who has ever lived has sinned, with or without a license. If the people making the “license to sin” argument are honest with themselves, they know that they will still sin when they decide to, license or not.

You’re saying that I don’t get it. What they mean is that a person gets saved under that “damnable doctrine” of eternal security and they are ready to start living like the devil and head out to rob a bank and buy some drugs on the way home. The thing is – I have never known anyone who has heard the Gospel: that Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose on the third day to pay for their sins, and put their trust in that message as their only hope of Heaven, and then seen them get a glimmer in their eye and a smile on their face with the notion to go wild. What I have seen are babes in Christ whose sanctification happens at different rates. We grow according to how we yield to the Spirit’s leading. “Well, you tell them they can never lose their salvation and they just live how they want to!” But, I want to know “How are you wanting to live?” Does it make sense that someone has just trusted God to save their soul for eternity and what they are wanting is to immediately live contrary to God’s desires. It is very dangerous to confuse Salvation and Discipleship; Justification and Sanctification. One is instant, the other is a process.

It is true that we have an incredible amount of liberty and freedom by God’s Grace. And as we grow in that grace we learn that because we can, doesn’t mean that we should. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:12, “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” He repeats this again in 1 Corinthians 10:23, “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.” While this crowd sees only the freedom that grace gives us, they don’t understand the power that grace gives us as well. When we trust Christ as Saviour, we are crucified with Him; we are to reckon the old man dead and live by faith. Scripture is very clear on the matter of the power that we receive from grace to have victory over sin. Romans 6:1-14 says, “1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. 13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.”

But what about the believer who willfully sins? We can’t ignore the fact that they do exist. There are believers who backslide. They don’t lose their salvation. Hebrews 10:39 says, “But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” There are also Christians who are very worldly. Paul refers to them as carnal; he also calls them brethren. When we trust Christ as Saviour, we are baptized into the Body of Christ; we become a child of God. If one of your biological children disobeyed you, what would you do? Would you cause them to become unborn? Of course not, that is impossible. You would do what God does to His children- you would discipline them. Hebrews 12:5-8 explains this principle, “5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.” A Christian can live how he wants and not lose his salvation. However, a Christian CANNOT live how he wants and get away with it; that is all the difference.

God offers salvation as a free gift. The beloved Apostle tells us in 1 John 5:13, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life.” In that statement we learn that by believing on Christ we get eternal life that is, life that lasts forever, and we can know that we have it right now as a present possession. Jesus Himself assures us in John 5:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” This same God that prepared the ultimate plan of salvation for mankind and it includes no licenses to sin, rather every opportunity for His children to overcome sin and draw closer to Him.

About the author: Dr. Ted serves as the current Director of the PMI Center for Biblical Studies. Much of his time is spent working with the college and seminary-level students and training students to be soul winners. Promise Ministries began in 1981 as a correspondence ministry to inmates. Since specifically training associate evangelists in 2008, we have seen over 17,500 men and women trust Christ as Saviour.


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  1. Keith Farnham
    July 3, 2019 at 10:01 am

    The doctrine of eternal security is a statement to the efficacy of the Lord Jesus’ work and the eternality of the grace of God. What opponents can’t comprehend and fail to understand is that the sin condemnation is an inherited condition (Adamic). Likewise, the justified position is inherited (new birth) and a free gift. It cannot be earned nor is it maintained through works.

    The doctrine of eternal security is a litmus test that very quickly indicates the authenticity of an individual’s spirit birthright. It is a doctrine that is routinely denied by the cults and false religions. Why? Because they all have the same foundation: a false Christ that left some work undone in regard to salvation.

    Romans 5:12-19
    12Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
    13(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
    14Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
    15But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
    16And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
    17For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
    18Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
    19For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

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